Ethnic Tourism: Essence of India
Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes or the provision of services to support this leisure travel. The World tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited". India, like many other countries has had a long tradition of religious and spiritual tourism. Our ancestors traveled to the different corners of the sub-continent, sometimes on foot, to visit places of pilgrimage. While the main objective of the pilgrim was to attain communion with the nature, the route always had an element of adventure and of the unexpected. The journey also brought the traveler face to face with the marvels provided by Mother Nature whether in the form of The Himalayas, the deep jungles or the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. This used to be an ideal tourist package - low in cost but high on experience and adventure-in effect, it gives shape to the tourist’s dream. Today there are many types of tourism in vogue. Some of the prominent tourist products are spiritual tourism, ecological tourism, religious tourism, health tourism, festival tourism and cultural tourism, ethnic tourism, farm tourism village tourism, rain tourism, tribal tourism, rural tourism, dark tourism and the list goes on. In a country like India opportunities to explore tourism are tremendous. In this paper a brief outline is drawn on Ethnic Tourism and its dimensions in India .what effects ethnic tourism has on Indian economy, environment and community. Different colors of ethnic tourism in India are reflected through various destinations already explored and yet to be explored. India is a land where people come from all over the world to experience the cultural and regional diversity. So let’s feel the experience and see how Ethnic tourism has helped promoting tourism and bringing world closer.
India known as Visitor’s paradise derives her roots from a rich past both culturally and historically. This is manifest in the wealth of its cities and magnificent architecture. Starting from the tip of snowcapped mountains of Kashmir to beautiful landscapes allover to Kanyakumari there are enormous stories of cultural and ethnic wonders. There are scores of existing locations for groups of any size: the elegant eternal city of Delhi, the medieval fairy tale – the city of Jaipur, the Mughal city of Agra in which the sublime Taj Mahal is but one of the attractions; the Himalayan garden of Eden called Kashmir and the palm fringed tropical seas Spectacular landscape, wildlife, sun, sand and surf, great architecture, folk and classical dances, richness of music, festivities, attractive shopping are all at the disposal of travelers. Above all, the warmth and hospitality of Indian people is unparalleled, who welcomes people from allover the world with warmth to their country, into their homes and into their hearts. India is an indescribable and unforgettable land and only by visiting the country can the truth be experienced. The delicate fragrance of fresh Jasmine flowers being sold in the streets, the cool and beauty of the heady Himalayas, the endless stretch of white beaches and waving palm trees in Goa and the south, Backwaters of Kerela, The carved architecture and beautiful cave temples and other attractions are just beckoning people to experience the countless forms of tourism one can experience in India. India is a land of virtuous wisdom; a land where the soul sought the spiritual dimensions of mankind and perpetuated aspirations to decipher a world beyond this world. India has dominated the world stage through most of human history, as the home of mighty empires, as a powerful trading nation, and as a wellspring of culture and civilization. India, the land of culture...